Illustration by Hidesy, Kippa-Ring, Australia
The Healing Book
The Healing Book is a collection of 12 short stories featuring unique journeys of self-discovery and healing. In each story, the characters are searching for meaning in their lives as they navigate the complexities and absurdities of modern life. Most of these stories are based on events from my life. Five have published in popular and literary journals.
In “Beyond Medicine,” Allie travels to Peru hoping an ayahuasca healing ceremony will cure her depression. In “The Good Parent,” Kate rejects her overprotective mother’s style of parenting and tries a new philosophy: free-range parenting. In “Going Through the Motions,” Graham searches for ways to manage his rebellion against self-help literature and the conventional values of society. A theoretical physicist in “Searching for Meaning in the Stars” writes a memoir about overcoming an existential crisis. A student filmmaker in “Cubicle” discovers loneliness, absurdity, and cruelty in the halls of Corporate America—but also finds his artistic voice. In “A Case of Aphantasia,” Theodore’s aphantasia (lack of a mind’s eye) is cured in therapy using a new digital technology, but then he’s pulled into a virtual reality from which he is powerless to leave. And in the title story, “The Healing Book,” a physician attempts to cure his wife from terminal cancer by writing a book capable of healing her body.
The Healing Book attempts to explore philosophical and spiritual wisdom without making the reader feel like they’re eating their vegetables. The collection might appeal to readers of commercial fiction with self-help undertones, like Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, or Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Often referred to as “spiritual” or “inspirational novels,” these books tell stories of transformation while imparting wisdom, psychological insight, and/or personal growth. The Healing Book might also appeal to readers of “visionary fiction,” which contains New Age or mind, body, spirit themes and perspectives, including consciousness expansion, spirituality, mysticism, and parapsychology, such as The Celestine Prophecy, and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Finally, because this collection is focused on emotional and psychological healing, it may also appeal to readers who enjoy mental health related writing, like Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a fictionalized memoir I write about in the book’s preface.
The Healing Book is forthcoming with Finishing Line Press.